Vascular Surgery Fellowship
The Northwestern University vascular surgery fellowship is an Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) accredited two-year vascular surgical training program. The traditional (5+2) training program was one of the first programs of its kind in the country and has been in existence since 1973 when it was established by Drs. John Bergan and James Yao. In addition to the traditional 5+2 program, we have ACGME approval for the 4+2 Early Specialization Program (ESP) and the 0+5 integrated vascular residency. Comprehensive vascular surgery training is achieved during rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center (JBVAMC). These two facilities each have state-of-the-art operating room angiosuites (Phillips Allura FD20), vascular surgery-run blood flow laboratories, and a strong collegial interaction with interventional radiology, interventional cardiology, and cardiac surgery. These elements result in a robust training experience in both traditional open vascular surgery and advanced endoluminal interventions. Educational conferences for the fellows and the vascular service include a weekly topic-based vascular conference, a weekly case planning conference, weekly mortality and morbidity conference, monthly journal club, and our annual Vascular Symposium. Fellows are expected to take the vascular surgery in-service training examination (VSITE), which is administered annually in February or March.
We are dedicated to developing academic surgeons and it is expected that all fellows be actively involved in clinical research projects with a faculty mentor yielding at least 1-2 peer-reviewed manuscripts a year. The primary objective of the program is to train future leaders in vascular surgery as exemplified by the list of our previous graduates.
The fellows (2 per year for an aggregate of 4 fellows total) rotate at both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, gaining experience in vascular surgery, interventional radiology, and the blood flow laboratory. There is a strong collegial interaction between vascular surgery and other subspecialties (i.e., cardiology and radiology), which results in a robust training experience using cutting edge technologic tools. Additionally, the faculty members of the division (Drs. Pearce, Eskandari, Rodriguez, Kibbe, Hoel and Ho) are actively involved in a number of clinical trials ranging from carotid stenting and other peripheral interventions to aortic stent grafting. This environment lends itself to a busy clinical practice and an active clinical research program.
Please direct fellowship related questions to:
Jessica Mason, Fellowship Coordinator
676 N. Saint Clair Street, Suite 650
Chicago, IL 60611
This page last updated Dec 12, 2014